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Unable to post a review, I've decided to put my thoughts of this game here instead. Despite there being a lot of criticism here, I still play the game, as this could actually have been a very good game if it had not been for a couple of very serious problems
To start off with the positive, this is by far one of the most in-depth strategy games I have played (at least as a browser!) and both short and long term, strategical as well as tactical thinking is very necessary to prevail in the game, to make the most out of what you have, and to beat your enemy in battles.
Time consumption: It is as the title might suggest, very flawed. First of all, it is very time consuming. Sure, as the admins are saying you are free to spend as much time as you'd like on it - however it is a fact that you need to be able to spend a couple of hours a day if you want to get somewhere. Playing every other day, or just a few minutes a day won't cut it in the long run.
"Free game": Just as spending a lot of time, having an upgraded account (or at least upgrading every couple of months) is necessary if you want to get anywhere in this game. The admins claim that you can play this game for free, however that is only true to some extent. After a couple of months, you will be at such a disadvantage without an upgraded account that you won't stand a chance at competing with other players.
Noobs: This is without doubt the most noob-unfriendly game I have ever played. Once you have reached a certain level, you have no protection against merciless players (who will obviously be a lot more powerful than you) that you are unable to fight off, making the game and your life rather miserable. To get past this, you will need to play very well prior to hitting this level, and make friends amongst other players - and this isn't as simple as it may sound, especially late in a server. That is another problem for new players - if you start on any server (unless you're lucky enough to start just as they launch a new server - very unlikely) all other players will have a huge head start over you, which will be very hard, if not impossible to catch up to. (I've been playing for over two year and consider myself to be a skilled player, however I just recently entered the top 500 players list of my server.)
Servers: Under normal circumstances, there are no problems with the servers, however under the occasional big events such as big battles, the servers usually come to complete halts, rendering the game unplayable (you cannot play efficiently, which is needed in said battles at least). This has been a known issue across all servers since forever, yet the admins seem to be unable to address the problem, which in my opinion is unacceptable for a paid game.
Game Staff: The gamestaff has a terrible way of communicating with its community (to the extent that they communicate with us at all..) and most complaints and requests for help or features go unanswered, no matter how polite and serious players bring up critical issues as the ones I mention here. (If I had posted this topic on the forums, then it would surely be deleted and I'd be warned/banned in a matter of hours.) There has also been extensive problems with people having their accounts warned, fined and banned for silly reasons, and even false reasons and assumptions, especially around script usage. Even paying players have been banned from the game without any reimbursement of money without substantial proof. When real money is in question, I find this to be unacceptable. The waiting time when contacting costumer support is also very high.